“A Remarkable Story of Hope Reborn in Northern Iraq”
by Stephen Mansfield
We’ve all seen the images and heard of the tragic chemical bombings. In this eye opening book, the stories behind those pictures and news reports are explored. We see the spirit of the Kurds and what they want us to know. They deserve to have us listen.
Stephen Mansfield has spent years growing relationships with the Kurdish people. Not only has he spent time in the Kurdish towns in Northern Iraq, but has welcomed the influx of refugees that came to Nashville, TN. In this book, we see their individual stories. We hear of the horrors they faced. This book is not for the weak of heart. It is, however, an atrocity that we cannot ignore.
Remarkably, the Kurdish people have grown stronger and more resilient in the years since Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime was brought down in 2003. Their spirit has not been crushed. In fact, the have turned their lives around so completely that The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler included the region of Kuridstan on the “must-see” travel list. They have rebuilt their cities and are prospering beyond imagination.
I learned alot about the Kurdish people and the things they have faced over the last few thousand years. I felt that the book was a bit repetitive, but that was fueled by the obvious passion of the writer. He felt their pain and wanted us to understand. It was well researched and full of details.
I recommend that you pick up a copy here. Give it a read. Give them a voice. If for no other reason, read it to become aware of what is happening in the world we live in.
I want to thank netgalley.com and Worthy Publishing for giving me a copy of this book for review. Here’s to many more!!
**Just a side note: In this book, we hear about the welcoming arms of the Kurds. We hear how they welcome refugees and those that are “homeless”. Just this week, many have fled to Erbil after ISIS took over new cities and towns nearby. Be praying for all involved.